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Uganda Medical Internship

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Uganda Medical Internship

Gain valuable work experience with professionals in the medical and healthcare field while making positive changes to those local communities most in need.

Prices from US$445

Where East and West Africa meet, Uganda offers its visitors lush forests, arid savannahs, vast lakes and mountain ranges, as well as an array of wildlife including the Big five and the infamous mountain gorillas. The allure of this incredible landscape is what led Winston Churchill to describe Uganda as “the pearl of Africa”.
Despite this, Uganda is amongst the poorest countries in the world and, according to the World Health Organisation, it has one of the worst healthcare performances in the world. Major concerns include the lack of medical knowledge and inequalities in the access to healthcare, with rural areas being grossly under-staffed and not well equipped compared to hospitals in urban centres. Ugandans living in rural areas need all the help they can get! 
It is widely accepted that ‘Health is wealth’, with good health being a strong foundation on which success and prosperity can be built. With the strain on health professionals ever increasing, volunteers are highly valued in the underdeveloped healthcare industry of Uganda. Volunteers are essential to helping to improve public health, supporting local clinics and hospitals, making healthcare more accessible and educating people on basic health and sanitation practices. 
The healthcare understanding and practical experience you will take away from this project will undoubtedly be eye-opening. Not only will you gain a valuable and life changing experience but you will also have the opportunity to make a positive change to those local communities most in need.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS 
Gain valuable work experience with professionals within the medical and healthcare field
Educate local communities on basic health and sanitation practices
Learn about different health practices and work hands-on with local communities in need
Make lifelong friends with your new healthcare colleagues
Experience the breathtaking biodiversity of Uganda

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

Certification or proof of experience in a medical field, such as a medical student ID, EMT or paramedic certification, or nursing or physicians credentials.

FAST FACTS

Location
Kampala or Fort Portal, Uganda
Work with medical professionals in hospitals, public and community health centres 
Activities
Educate local communities on basic health and sanitation practices
Gain hands-on work experience within the medical sector, assisting local communities in need
Transport
Airport pickup
Accommodation
Volunteer guest house or stay with a host family.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Before you go Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
Airport pickup
Accommodation
In-country Project orientation and support
3 meals a day
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION
Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?
One of the largest problems Ugandan communities face is a lack of medical knowledge, supplies and education. The aim of this project is to promote health awareness and to increase healthcare for rural people, decrease the prevalence of endemic diseases and to improve village health by providing public health projects and promoting general health education.
 
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
Volunteers will be working in both public or health community centres and hospitals and health camps. As with any volunteer project, the nature of the work you will be doing will depend on the project, location, time of year and most importantly the needs of the individuals in the community you are helping. 
Your role can range from observational to direct patient assistance. Depending on your level of knowledge you could be involved in:
Outpatient department services (OPD)
Mean cell haemoglobin (MCH) -  blood tests
Checking for anaemia-based conditions
Consultations
Dispensing medications
Injections/immunization
Community outreach
Antenatal services
Psychology and social works
Deliveries and family planning
Volunteering on this project is a great way to learn about different health practices, while working hands-on with local communities in need. This will be both a life-changing experience and an opportunity to make a difference in one of the worst countries for healthcare in the world.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?
A member of staff from our local partner organisation in Uganda will meet you on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and take you to your project site. If your project placement is in Kampala, you will be transferred direct to your project site after being picked up from the airport. If your project is in Fort Portal, you will spend the night in Kampala at the Guest Inn and you will be transported to our project site the next day.
 
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?
Depending upon the particular location and placement, volunteers will stay in our volunteer guest house, or with a host family. The guest house accommodation is simple but clean, safe and comfortable and volunteers will be staying in either a single room or same sex twin rooms. 
 
WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
You will be provided with 3 meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared for you by a local staff member. 
A typical breakfast consists of tea, coffee, bread, preserves and scrambled egg.
Lunch and dinner are filling and nutritious, consisting of local foods and served with delicious local vegetables, fruit, rice, pasta, cassava and matooke (boiled green bananas). Chicken and beef is served several times a week to supplement the menu.

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COSTS

1 week US$695

2 weeks US$945

3 weeks US$1,195

4 weeks US$1,545

5 weeks US$1,895

6 weeks US$2,145

7 weeks US$2,545

8 weeks US$3,095

Extra week US$445

DATES
Projects start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Entebbe/Kampala (EBB)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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